The 10 Best Pregnancy Journals
This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in June of 2018. If you’re expecting a child, chances are you’ll want a keepsake in which to record the precious moments and mementos from this special time for future enjoyment. The pregnancy journals on this list provide just that, with options to suit the tastes and budget of any soon-to-be parent. We’ve rounded up picks for every preference, from writers and scrapbookers to those pressed for time. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 21, 2019:
Pregnancy is a memorable time, but it can be an overwhelming one too, which is where a good journal comes in. Not only will one help you slow down and savor the different aspects of your journey, but it can serve as a handy time capsule to look back on when you want to relive the experience or remember certain information for consequent pregnancies or to give advice to a friend. They also partner well with baby books to serve as keepsakes for your child to grow up with and cherish down the line.
We wanted this list to feature selections for myriad personality types, schedules, and tastes. If you're the scrapbooking kind, you'll appreciate My Pregnancy With Sofie La Girafe and Bump For Joy, while 40ish Weeks and Expecting You are ideal if you love to write. Then there are volumes like the What to Expect Diary and Pregnancy Journal: A Day-To-Day Guide, which provide helpful guidance in addition to chronicling your experience. There are also tomes that cater to how much time you have to devote to them. For instance, The Belly Book and When We Became Three are very detailed and easy to fill in, while Bump To Birthday, Bump For Joy, and a few others take a bit more time.
As far as updates went, we let go of Waiting in Wonder, which we felt was less practical than our new addition 40ish Weeks. And although it's still a compelling choice, we removed the My Pregnancy Journal since it's a bit dated and doesn't do much to stand out from other selections. Then, we updated the Pearhead Pastel to the longer, more comprehensive Pearhead Pregnancy Book.
Etsy Marketplace If you're looking for something handmade and personalized, consider purchasing your pregnancy journal from the community of artists and vendors on Etsy. This is an especially viable option for same-sex couples, single mothers, surrogates, and more, as there are myriad journals available for every situation. Traditional journals can also be found, and many vendors will customize your book to be unique to you. etsy.com
Mixbook Pregnancy Memories Photo Book If you feel that pictures speak volumes more than words, then consider chronicling your pregnancy journey with a customizable photo book from Mixbook. The Pregnancy Memories template covers everything, including your growing bump, cravings, baby shower, nursery, ultrasound procedures, hospital visit, baby's arrival, and more. It makes a lovely keepsake and is equally useful for both first-time and experienced mothers. mixbook.com